I decided we need to take the kids out more. Like vacations and stuff. Kainoa is finally at a manageable age and breastfeeding him is SO easy now that he’s nearly three.
I came up with a brilliant idea. While vacations to Disneyland and Hawaii are expensive and ginormous undertakings…I decided exploring our own state could prepare the kids for longer vacations and show them all the cool things that surround us. You know…like mountains and forests and oceans and stuff. Spending one or two nights in a hotel just hours from our home doesn’t have to cost that much money.
When my brother stopped by on his way to our step-siblings cabin in the mountains I decided it was the perfect opportunity to start PEW off right. We hadn’t seen a stitch of snow all year so a night in the mountains was just what the kids needed. It wasn’t exactly a family vacation because we left Pat and Kainoa at home, but you have to start somewhere.
The girls were super excited. A cabin…in the mountains…with SNOW! They were pumped and ready. We slowly made our way up the mountain. We saw elk and the snow came and the kids talked excitedly about what they would do when we got there.
And then we got there.
One look at Maile’s face and I knew something wasn’t right. I think the hotel snob in her comes from my family…we’re not fans of bugs…or camping…or dead mice in our beds. And…
I can’t imagine…
What was making her uncomfortable…
but when I looked down at Maile…
She was no longer excited.
Less than five minutes in she was begging me to take her home. “What’s going on!?!” I asked her, “what could be the problem???”
“I don’t like wooden houses”, she said.
And then she broke into tears. And if Maile breaks into tears you can expect Laina’s will soon follow. And they did. I felt bad. Like maybe I didn’t prepare them for what exactly a “cabin in the woods” is, but I was determined to make this work. PEW could NOT be a bust on the first vacation in.
I took them outside for some night time fun,
and I promised that we could all sleep together,
and that when we woke up the sun would be shining,
and we could explore the forest.
And when it was time to say goodbye…
They didn’t want to go.
Project Explore Washington Mission Accomplished!!